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Our School Curriculum

 

At Home Farm Primary School we have a strong emphasis on teaching the core skills in English and Maths. We encourage the children to transfer, practise and apply the skills learnt in English or Maths to the other areas of their learning wherever possible.

 

How do I know what my child should be able to do at the age they are at now?

The following documents give very detailed information about what we expect children to have learnt by the end of each year in school.

 

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/335186/PRIMARY_national_curriculum_-_English_220714.pdf

 

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/335158/PRIMARY_national_curriculum_-_Mathematics_220714.pdf

 

 

English

Competency in reading, writing, speaking and listening is encouraged and developed throughout the curriculum in order to enable children to communicate confidently and effectively. English is taught daily, both as a discrete subject and through other subjects as part of the International Primary Curriculum (see below)

 

 

Read Write Inc. is a systematic phonics scheme which is introduced from Nursery through to Year 2. Read Write Inc. supports the Letters and Sounds document which is broken into Phases which move through very early listening and responding to sounds at Phase 1 to more complex sounds written and sounded out at to an approximate reading age of 7-8 years at Phase 6. The Read Write Inc. scheme mirrors the Phases.

Read Write Inc. is taught in smaller groups up to Year 2 by both teachers and support staff.  Children are grouped into very similar abilities in reading. Where children are taught in small groups teachers have the overview of all the children in their class and assess the delivery of the sessions. All staff receive regular updates and in house training to support the programme. Children move through the scheme as their ability and confidence develops. 

For more information visit:

 

http://www.ruthmiskin.com/en/parents/

 

 

 

Maths

At Home Farm Primary School from Year 1 to Year 6 we use Maths No Problem - a unique maths approach that develops true mathematical understanding right from the start.

Maths No Problem recognises the importance of maths in our daily lives and helps our children to:

·         learn the skills of numeracy, geometry and measure that can be used in everyday life and developed later for the specific demands of a particular career

·         develop problem-solving and reasoning skills that are so vital in day-to-day life

·         develop thinking skills – an invaluable skill in every subject area.

 

Maths No Problem gives our school:

1.      A consistent whole-school approach. A structured and coherent mathematics curriculum for the whole school, helping us to deliver a high-quality mathematics education to every child which builds upon the skills taught in each year group.

2.      High expectations for all. Underpinned by the ambition for all children to excel and develop a sense of excitement about mathematics.

3.      Fluency with number. Strong emphasis is placed on developing quick and accurate number skills.

4.      Deep understanding. Using a powerful learning system of concrete objects, actions and vocabulary, a solid understanding, maths is developed from the earliest stages, leading to strong reasoning and problem-solving skills.

 

 

The Maths No Problem Approach 

Maths No problem uses a learning system of a variety of concrete objects to help every child succeed in our school and become a confident mathematician. Maths No Problem builds upon skills taught the previous year in each strand of maths. The approach builds deep understanding and embeds a picture of the maths in children’s minds so they progress to thinking without the aid of physical objects; they refer to their mental images instead.

For more information, please see the link below:

 

https://mathsnoproblem.com/parent-video-instructions/

 

 

 

 

Early Years

The Nursery and Reception offer a varied, balanced, creative, systematic and challenging curriculum accessed through play and directed by the children interests and also their individual needs as assessed by teachers and support staff in the room.

The Year 1 classes work very closely with Reception and Nursery to ensure that the learning from the  Foundation Stage curriculum through play approach, is moved with the needs of the children into the National Curriculum taught into Year 1.

 

 

The International Primary Curriculum and Foundation Subjects

We follow the International Primary Curriculum (IPC) this includes the following National Curriculum subject areas which are placed into half termly themes or topics:

  • English
  • Maths
  • Computing
  • Art
  • Design Technology
  • History
  • Geography
  • Music
  • Physical Education
  • Science

For more information, visit:

 

   http://www.greatlearning.com/ipc/the-ipc/what-is-ipc

 

Long term planning ensures that all subject areas are covered throughout the year and that all statutory requirements are met. Activities are matched to pupils’ abilities and we provide varied and exciting contexts and opportunities for children to acquire and apply knowledge and skills. Follow this link for a copy of the National Curriculum:

 

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/335133/PRIMARY_national_curriculum_220714.pdf

 

Please click on the links below to find out what your child will be learning this year.

 

British Values

 In order to prepare children for life in modern Britain, at Home Farm Primary School we ensure that we introduce, discuss and develop the five key elements of British Values which are:

  • Mutual respect
  • Tolerance of those with different faiths
  • Democracy
  • Rule of Law
  • Individual liberty

All curriculum areas provide opportunities to develop these values but in particular our IPC topics, RE and PSHE schemes of work.

Religious Education at Home Farm 

We follow the Bradford locally agreed syllabus for Religious Education. This is supported by visits and assemblies throughout the year, celebrations and our ethos of differing religions being understood, respected and valued by everyone.

More information can be found here.

 

French 

French is planned and taught by class teachers in Years 3-6 once per week.

 

PSHCE

We follow the Bradford Framework for PSHCE which looks at health & wellbeing, relationships, living in the wider world, economic wellbeing & being a responsible citizen.  Personal, Social and Health Education is taught through specific lessons, Circle Time and the SEAL programme themes which cover the social and emotional aspects of learning. We are supported by visits by the school nurse, community police and fire service throughput the year, to help us to understand, respect and value everyone and be safe.

 

 

Visits

 

 

We believe that pupils benefit greatly from our educational visits including residential visits in Years 4 and 6. 

 

If you have any questions about our curriculum, please do not hesitate to speak to your child’s class teacher or our Acting Headteacher, Mrs Poole.

 

What some of our Year 6 children say about their learning...

 

"They teach you exciting things" Aaisha

 

"The teachers encourage you to be creative with your writing" Tia

 

"The tournaments we take part in are really good" Kenya

 

"If you are stuck on something the teachers show you how to do it" Isaac

 

"The teachers help you find solutions to maths problems" Jessica

 

"You learn a variety of sports throughout the year" Ranvir

 

"Our teachers inspire us" Isabella


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